Mortal Kombat 4
Mortal Kombat 4 is the latest in a long series of Mortal Kombat fantasy fighting games, films and comics. Mortal
Kombat was originally created by Ed Boon and John Tobias for Midway Games and was released for arcade games
machines. They were later converted to a format suitable for home games consoles. Unfortunately, Midway went bust
and the batten was taken over by Warner Brothers. Most enthusiasts would agree that Mortal Kombat 4 is the best
offering yet in the Mortal Kombat series.
Mortal Kombat 4
The Mortal Kombat series has always been in 2D and, despite being extremely popular for years, was beginning to
get a bit boring because of that - it was starting to look old hat. Mortal Kombat 4 has changed all that not by
adding anything particularly new to the game itself, but by making it in 3D. At least the game looks 21st Century
Despite being in 3D now, Mortal Kombat 4 has retained its legendary speed and gory death scenes - the
fatalities. In fact the fatalities look even a little more bloodier now and the comical ones even more comical, but
that might be just an optical illusion because of the third dimension.
It is without doubt the best of the 3D fighting games for the Nintendo 64 and is often compared to Street
The cast of the story are old, familiar evil-doer Shinnok, who has managed to escape from life imprisonment in
Netherealms; Raiden, the thunder god and the team of mortals and immortals that he has assembled to save the world
from domination or destruction at the hands of Shinnok.
It is the old theme rehashed with the same characters, but it is also still the same great fast fighting
Mortal Kombat 4 has more playable characters than previous versions, which should make it more interesting for
longer. New playable characters are Meat, Goro and Noob Sailbot. All the characters, including Raiden and Quan Chi
have moved to 3D exceptionally well.
Eurocom and midway have done a great job enhancing the on screen graphics without slowing the gameplay one
One new feature is the ability to get certain characters to don different costumes on the character select
screen. It does not change anything else about them, but allows the player to take a more in-depth part in the
game. It is a nice touch for those who like to go a step further.
Despite being just as fast and in 3D the style of battle remains largely the same - that is the predominant use
of projectiles. If you like that style, you will love Mortal Kombat 4, if you think that it's out of date, well, so
is Mortal Kombat 4 really.
To be honest, Mortal Kombat 4 is same old same old - it is just Mortal Kombat but driven by a new polygonal
engine. It is a very good, even exceptional polygonal 3D engine with a blistering framerate, but they could have
rewritten the storyline a little too.
Mortal Kombat 4 feels like an upgrade rather than a new game.
OK, to be fair, the characters can perform a few new moves in battle and there are four new gruesome fatalities
too and many fans will still call it one of the best 3D fighting games.